Tag: goals

  • Performance Culture and Learning Culture

    I came across this thought-provoking tweet by Adam Grant today. It’s the clash between Performance and Learning Culture. We hear more and more about the performance culture and are a part of it even though we understand that learning culture is about being true to ourselves.

    In fact, learning is the best way to reach your absolute performance and at the same time feeling like you earned it. This is especially relevant in education.

    The learning goals provide you with genuine enthusiasm and motivation for studying. You focus on in-depth learning rather than superficial goals that aren’t under your control. Individually focusing on the outcome can have detrimental effects on one’s performance.

    One of the ways I find helpful is to immerse yourself in the content and do extra research. Exploring the endless supply of information we have, the internet about something related to a subject you’re studying. Being accountable to yourself making a list of your learning goals might help. Having a desire to acquire knowledge and skills not only makes one self-efficient but also helps to improve interest in the class.

    While goal setting is an excellent way to achieve more, there’s a paradox involving goals and satisfaction. People who set high goals such as getting all A’s or receiving an excellent job offer perform better than the ones who aim for low.

    But people with lower goals are found to be more satisfied. This happens because they achieve what they aimed for. Increasing satisfaction comes from accomplishing anything higher than the goal you set.

    A balance between setting attainable goals while learning regularly for personal satisfaction and in-depth knowledge sounds like the growth mindset to me.

  • Evaluate your Life

    Today, 19th October is observed as National Evaluate your Life Day, it’s the day of the year when you have to pause and self-evaluate.

    Reflecting on your past bad decisions and how you can use that experience to make positive changes in the future is extremely important.

    Whether in terms of lifestyle, career, education, relationships or values, sit back and think about what you have achieved in the past and ask yourself if you are satisfied with how life is going.

    A goal without a plan is always a wish. To accomplish your goals, you need to know the areas where you are lacking and how you can improve in them deriving the most out of your life.

    Today is the day to take out an hour in the evening and sit with a cup of tea in a calm corner and imagine where you plan yourself to be in the future, plan your goals out on a piece of paper and divide them into short term and the long term goals later.

    It is the time to take a step back and reflect, become self-aware, make plans about dealing with challenges and most importantly know yourself better, your capabilities and your worth. 

    Evaluating yourself helps you to turn your past into a weapon for the future.

  • One Thing at a Time

    The corona-era has effected the productivity of the most of the people I know.

    Having a lot of free time might make us think that we are a joker in the circus juggling tons of balls with the utmost ease but believe me, you aren’t that joker.

    Have to do multiple things at the same time just leaves you confused and worst, you start procrastinating and get nothing done!

    Here’s a very interesting concept called SDR (Single Daily Action) which asks you to set just one goal which you want to accomplish in the day.

    You don’t have to do just one thing but clear out and decide the most important thing that has to worked upon in the day.

    This way, you are eating the monster and then you can break the goal into smaller to-do’s (or the bite sized pieces so you can eat the monster more easily).

    The idea behind this concept says that our brain gets tired looking at an unrealistically long list of things to do and deep down you know that everything can’t be done.

    Moreover, isn’t it just as lot less burden and stress to know exactly what has to be done. Keeping things clear and simple is the key!

    Actionable and things that can be done in a small amount of time helps you to live in the present so you aren’t stressed about something that has to be done in a few days or few weeks.

    If you’re struggling with a long de-moralizing to-do list, I invite you today to adopt Single Daily Action and do just one thing at a time.